A faculty of expert professionals in the field will present the sessions.


The Education Innovation Alliance (EIA) & Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) certification program is intended to teach both non-technical and technical leaders about Innovation and Technology so they can better lead their districts through technology related initiatives and challenges. Understanding common mistakes, best practices, communication strategies, policies, and building an ongoing network of support with peers and experts is a best practice in dealing with current challenges and those to come.


Each district team or individual attendee will work with experts throughout the 8 month course to build a solution to a technology challenge, or drive an innovation / technology initiative in their district. The knowledge gained through this problem solving exercise will provide attendees with tools needed to meet future challenges and drive technology related initiatives throughout your career.

The program is delivered with state of the art technology tools in a blended learning environment, requiring work on your own time as well as scheduled meetings with industry experts and peers. We have 4 face to face sessions along with 12 online flipped learning sessions, you will watch a recorded session with an education expert, the cohort will come together on a live webex collaboration “ask the expert” session. Here is a visual layout of the face to face and online schedule.


  • In Person Session 1 

    • 4 Bi-weekly online flipped learning / ask the expert sessions

  • In Person Session 2

    • 4 Bi-weekly online flipped learning / ask the expert sessions

  • In Person Session 3 

    • 4 Bi-weekly online flipped learning / ask the expert sessions

  • In Person Session 4 



  • This certification will conclude with a Capstone Education Technology Project Plan. The plan will provide an innovative solution to resolve a real technology challenge they are facing now.

  • Learn about common political/technology problems facing districts and collaborate on ideas for innovative solutions.

  • Gain an understanding of how technology impacts all departments within the district and learn strategies to unite all departments around the district’s technology vision.

  • Grow their knowledge regarding network infrastructure, terms, current and future trends, impact on equity.

  • Develop a greater understanding of Future Ready, ESSA, LCAP and the infrastructure components to those initiatives.

  • Foster a general understanding of technology funding and other programs such as E-rate.

  • Benefit from education and industry thought leaders and learn specifically how they were able to navigate through their political environment to successfully engage stakeholders in order to solve a technology related problem.

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